Insights from BCC Research

Transparent Ceramics Make Super-Hard Windows

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 9, 2017 7:42:54 PM
Scientists have developed the first transparent industrial ceramic material. Made of cubic silicon nitride, the material is second only to diamonds in hardness, but can withstand substantially higher pressures.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

3D Metal Printing: Dark Art or Modern Blacksmith?

Posted by BCC Research Editorial on Apr 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

With new, standardized software from Lawrence Livermore Labs set to spur increased use of powder metals in 3D printing, BCC Research has recently published a FLASH report, 3D Metal Printing: Dark Art or Modern Blacksmith? FLASH reports are shorter, and focused on recent news or industry developments that are currently under the radar.

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Topics: Advanced Materials

New Chemical Reagent Removes Heavy Metal Toxins From Landfill Sludge

Posted by Clayton Luz on Mar 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Industrial processes that leave behind toxic heavy metals in wastewater can be a significant environmental hazard. Heavy metals are often discharged by metal plating, metal cleaning and fabrication, battery manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, paint and pigment, and other industries. The treatment and removal of heavy metals have drawn scrutiny because of their association with various health problems.

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Topics: Advanced Materials

Renewable Car Tires Sourced From Our Backyards

Posted by Clayton Luz on Mar 8, 2017 10:30:00 AM

For years large tire manufacturers have used isoprene derived from fossil fuels to produce synthetic rubber for use in tires to supplement use of natural rubber, which is sourced from latex-bearing trees. However, like with many of our planet's natural resources, supplies are limited, rendering the harvesting of natural rubber unsustainable.

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Topics: Advanced Materials